First Looks on the Central Coast of Oregon

Dunes on Heceta Beach. Oregon

I’ve gotten a bit behind here, so this will be a catch-up post – mostly pictures of what we saw and did.We made it to the Oregon coast and stayed for nearly a week in the town of Florence. We decided to hunker down here until after the Labor Day weekend. Lots to do in the area. Weather is just about perfect – just a bit too windy making walks on the dunes a little dicy. Wind and sand are not a good mix with cameras. But we did get time on beach and dunes at Heceta Beach and a little further south in the Oregon Dunes National Seashore.

Heceta Beach Grasses.

More Grasses at Heceta.

Blowing Dunes at Oregon Dunes National Seashore.

Surf and Sand at Oregon Dunes.

On another day, we took a drive north on US-101. First stop was Sea Lion Caves. We haven’t been here for probably 20 years, but the sea lions still come. Not so many this day though. They’re all hanging around Pier 23 this time of year and won’t be back for a couple of months. We did see a few, but the caves alone are really quite impressive. From inside the caves, there is also a nice viewpoint of the lighthouse at Heceta Head.

Sea Lion Cave. Oregon.

Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Still another day found us driving north on US-101. First stop was Sea Lion Caves. We haven’t been here for probably 20 years, but the sea lions still come. Not so many this day though. They’re all hanging around Pier 23 this time of year and won’t be back for a couple of months. We did see a few, but the caves alone are really quite impressive. From inside the caves, there is also a nice viewpoint of the lighthouse at Heceta Head.

500 year old Spruce Tree.

Spruce and Steps.

Later, on our return trip, we took the short drive up to the Cape Perpetua viewpoint. There visibilities this day were amazing. No fog and a stiff breeze gave us a wonderful gift. The water patterns were mesmerizing and kept us busy photographing.

View from the top of Cape Perpetua.

Oceans' Expanse from Cape Perpetua.

Surf from above.

Farther north, past Newport up to Yaquina Head, we visited the lighthouse there. We got a brief tour of this still functioning facility. Outside we were treated to a pod of gray whales who were making their way past the Head very close to where we stood. I photographed them a bit, but I’ll spare you the whale dot images.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Spiral Staircase to top.

Inside the lens element.

Still later that week, we took an early morning walk along the Florence Dunes. A low foggy mist still hung over the water and mingled with the dunes in an inviting way. We stopped in several spots to watch fishermen, crabbers and beach campers stirring in this calm morning setting.

Morning along the jetty.

Misty dunes and grasses.

Surf and Grasses at the Florence dunes.

Crabbing lines on the pier.

On our last day in this area, we motored off to a somewhat remote hike inland to a trail along Sweet Creek. Sweet it was. This short hike was one of the best we’ve done in years. Packed into the 2-mile round trip hike were several medium sized waterfalls and lots of smaller ones. The trail was really well maintained and access to the stream was quite easy most of the time. When we arrived, we were the only one’s there, but this being the Labor Day weekend, by the time we finished the hike there were dozens of people along the trail, at the waterfalls and in the water.

Falls along Sweet Creek trail.

No matter though. By this time, it was mid-day and the sun had gotten high enough to create too contrasty light on the stream for effective photography. We just moved to a less traveled trail a few mile up the road called the Beaver Creek Waterfall trail. This was far less interesting a trail, but led to a very nice falls. The light was still pretty good here, and we stopped to photographed for a short time before heading back.

Beaver Creek Falls.

We spent most of Labor Day making our way inland to Portland. Returning traffic was as bad as you might expect and it took up probably an hour or more longer than normal. But we are here and plan on staying for a week. My next posts, to appear here soon, will describe some on what we are up to.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to First Looks on the Central Coast of Oregon

  1. dieta says:

    was recently renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse Viewpoint Wayside because . Heceta Head and nearby Cape Perpetua are both remnants of oceanfloor .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s